Michigan Republican chairman issues apology after ‘burning at the stake’ comments about Democratic women

Michigan Republican Party Chairman and University of Michigan Board of Regents member Ron Weiser issued an apology of sorts Saturday after he called the three highest-ranking elected female leaders in the state “witches” who should be “ready for the burning at the stake” and referenced “assassination” in the context of ousting GOP congressmen.

The move comes as Weiser scrambles behind the scenes this weekend to tamp down growing outrage over comments he made during a recent speech.

“In an increasingly vitriolic political environment, we should all do better to treat each other with respect, myself included. I fell short of that the other night,” Weiser said in the statement.

“I apologize to those I offended for the flippant analogy about three women who are elected officials and for the off-hand comments about two other leaders. I have never advocated for violence and never will. While I will always fight for the people and policies I believe in, I pledge to be part of a respectful political dialogue going forward.”

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Source: USA Today